Cost to Paint Laminate Cabinets – 2021

| Last Updated: November 27, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 710

$ 105

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 69% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Paint Laminate Cabinets noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to paint laminate cabinets? The contractor cost to paint laminate cabinets is $710 vs. doing it yourself for $105 and saving 85 percent.

If your old laminate kitchen cabinets are structurally sound but look outdated, consider giving them a budget facelift with a new paint job. Painting cabinets is a big commitment, involving several applications and drying time. This can be a major disruption if the kitchen is the center of a household, so before you consider the job, make sure your family is prepared for the inconvenience.

A painting contractor will charge $710 to prepare, prime, and paint the exterior of 100-square-feet of wall and base cabinets. That includes labor and material. You can do the job for $105, the cost of the materials, and save 85 percent. That saving is well earned because the job, while not daunting, does require short sprints of work while the cabinets are being worked on.

Begin the job by removing the hardware, washing the surface, filling in any holes or indentations, and sanding them smooth. Then apply a coat of a primer such, as B-I-N pigmented shellac, to all the surfaces. Then apply one or two topcoats of paint to finish the job.

Not sure which painting method to choose? Our guide about paint sprayer vs traditional roller might help. But if you're already considering investing in a sprayer, go ahead and check out our list of the best sprayers for cabinets.

If you use a water-based paint, plan on it taking several days to dry; less time is necessary if you use an oil-based topcoat. New drawer pulls and knobs – in a wide range of styles and prices – will complete the transformation.

For good how-to information, watch how-to videos Kitchen Projects or ask the expert where you buy paint.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to paint laminate cabinets you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself.

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Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.